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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • June Is Dairy Month
    Over the years, June Dairy Month events have been a tradition in most communities. The annual celebration of the contributions of milk and the dairy industry to citizens and communities originated in 1937. During its first two years, 1937 and 1938, it was called National Milk Month and ran from June 10 to July 10. […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 18, 2017 Receipts:  61 loads    Last Week:  92 loads    Last Year:  74 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay sold higher, grass hay was steady.  Very little interest in bedding, straw condition poor. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares 4 loads 115.00-127.50. Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 11 […]
  • April Returns To Management Fall For Dairymen
    The April 2017 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska deteriorated compared to March according to the monthly budget study from Nebraska Extension Educator Robert Tigner. Total gross income was down by just under $1 per cwt because of a drop in the PPD, butterfat price, protein price and quality premium. For the 20,000 pound […]
  • Breakfast on the Farm
    Jones Dairy invites everyone to join them for breakfast on their farm on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Breakfast is free for everyone and will be served from 7:00 – 10:00 am. This is sure to be a morning filled with great food, fun, and learning! For more information, check out the Jones Dairy Facebook page.
  • Northwest IA Dairy Banquet to Feature Peterson Farm Bros
    The Sioux County Dairy Promotion Board’s annual dairy banquet will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Western Christian High School in Hull. The meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm, and the Peterson Farm Brothers will take the stage at 7:00 pm. The Peterson Brothers are three brothers from central Kansas who make […]
  • Long-term flooding Can Cause Alfalfa Issues
    Our topography and soil types prevent most crop damage during flooding; however, time, temperature and plant growth status are major factors that affect the extent of crop damage after a flood. This may become an issue with a prolonged rainy period. A June or July flood, for example, is often much worse for crop survival […]
  • Protocols for Collecting Hay Samples
    New crop hay will start hitting the hay auctions in the next few weeks and it will be important for buyers to understand the value of accurate nutrient testing. Plus, now is a good time to review sampling protocols. Even the best nutritionist can’t balance a ration properly if he or she has flawed test […]
  • Iowa Hay Supply Up From 2016
    The May USDA Crop Report showed hay stocks as of May 1 at 24.4 million tons, that’s a three percent decline or 750,000 tons less than last May, but remains as the third largest inventory since 2005. Disappearance from December 1, 2016 – May1, 2017 totaled 71.4 million tons, compared with 69.9 million tons for […]
  • New WASDE Report Available
    The May 10th World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report presents USDA’s initial assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand prospects and U.S. prices for 2017/18. The report included the first calendar-year 2018 projections of U.S. livestock, poultry, and dairy products. Price chart Forecast milk production in 2017 is lowered from the […]
  • Water Concerns For Baby Calves
    With the arrival of summer temperatures, producers are reminded that water plays an essential role in a healthy calf including rumen development. Healthy calves under heat stress will drink between 6 and 12 quarts of water daily just to maintain normal hydration. Severely sick calves under heat stress sometimes require up to 20 quarts replacing […]

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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